Projects within the Finnish department

On this page you will find more detailed information about some of the projects taking place within the Finnish department.


Projects within the Finnish Department

In Finnish, both teaching materials and methods are being actively developed. The Finnish department engages in research and projects that are relevant from a societal perspective and that support the professional expertise of teachers. Below you can read more about some of the current projects within the Finnish department.

More general information can be found on the general pages of the Language Centre, both on the main page and the research page.


FOP Finnish Teachers' Network

FOP is a collaborative network and a Finnish teachers project for Finnish teachers at Swedish-speaking colleges and universities to develop teaching and reach a common vision of the requirements and assessment criteria in Finnish education in the country. 

The project was launched in autumn 2016 with a training day for Finnish teachers at the Police University College in Tampere on the 7th of October 2016. The name FOP was coined in connection with this first training day, Finskan opettajien päivä. The name is an offshoot of MOP, Maailman opettajien päivä, which is celebrated in the country on the 5th of October.

The network is led by Ulrika Rancken at Arcada together with Marit Nilsson-Väre from Hanken, with funding from the Swedish Cultural Foundation. So far, the Swedish Cultural Foundation has supported Finnish sector-specific training with a total of 40.000 euros.


More information about FOP:

For more information, see the pages 12-13 in the Article in Finelc Newsletter 7/ 2018, ”Arviointikriteerit ja maamerkit finskan opetuksessa”. 


Contact persons for FOP:  

Marit Nilsson-Väre,

Ulrika Rancken,



Cross-border course between Hanken and Umeå University

This is a 15-credit course, that is organized as a collaborative course between Umeå University and Hanken School of Economics in Vaasa. The course is called Cross-border regional development and planning in the Kvarken area, and has the course code 5745 in Sisu.

The course aims to provide a deeper analysis of the conditions for cross-border cooperation and planning in a border area (Kvarken), taking into account cultural differences and similarities, the importance of languages for understanding and for communication, and the conditions for regional economic development across national borders. The overall academic aim of the course is to systematically study the conditions for regional development, common economic and strategic objectives with barriers such as language, culture, history, distance, regulations and administrative boundaries. The aim is for students to be able to work in cross-border activities such as economic development, planning, business cooperation etc. in border areas in general. 


The course consists of three modules:

Follow the links above to Sisu, where you can read more about the course descriptions and the learning objectives.

The entire course is given in Swedish (and partly in English).